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powerslave_85
11-28-2011, 06:50 PM
Alright, everyone else is throwing their hat in the ring, might as well get this out of the way.

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10. Boris- New Album

I was late to the party on Boris, and only got into them this year. They're a rather daunting band to try and discover: their albums careen wildly between different styles. Some are pure drone/doom, some are bizarre experimental electronic noise, and some are stoner rock. Then this year they took another left turn by making a dreamy, shoegaze-ish pop album. And then they released two other albums. The three albums share many tracks, though all in different variations. New Album has a bit more guitar than Attention Please, and I think it's a bit more consistent. The highlight for me is "Flare," an incredibly catchy tune that features a stunning melodic solo by Wata.

Standout track: "Flare" (http://youtu.be/AyuDYqqL8Po)

powerslave_85
11-29-2011, 05:52 PM
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9. Banner Pilot- Heart Beats Pacific

Pop-punk gets a bad rep, but I don't know why. It's some of the catchiest music around, and it sounds great blasting out of the car stereo on a sunny day. Minnesota's Banner Pilot are a bit different, though, in that they're a better soundtrack for drinking alone in the middle of January. The lyrics are raw, honest, and full of ennui without being whiny. I think that's probably due to the upbeat music, and the fact that most of their songs still have that Springsteen-esque promise of getting in the car and leaving this dead-end town forever. I had incredibly high hopes for this album given how amazing their last album, Collapser, was, but I couldn't help but be a tiny bit disappointed by this one. They stretch out the songwriting styles a bit, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. There are plenty of great songs, though, especially the opener "Alchemy" and "Spanish Reds," which I think is one of the best songs they've ever done.

Standout track: "Spanish Reds" (http://youtu.be/_zwllnEoQcg)

mankvill
11-29-2011, 05:55 PM
I was late to the party on Boris, and only got into them this year.

Really!? I always thought you and I clicked the most on Boris.

powerslave_85
11-29-2011, 05:56 PM
Hmm, nope. Must have been only recently.

illuminatus917
11-29-2011, 05:58 PM
I'm still late to the Boris party. I guess I need to get on that, but didn't they release like 4 albums this year?

powerslave_85
11-29-2011, 05:59 PM
Three: Heavy Rocks, New Album, and Attention Please. If you're going to start with one of them, make it Heavy Rocks. Then get Akuma No Uta and the older Heavy Rocks (with the orange cover).

SomewhereInTime72
11-30-2011, 02:40 AM
Yeah, New Album is probably my least favorite of this year's Boris releases. Still great imo.

powerslave_85
12-03-2011, 08:25 PM
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Due to intense laziness and moodiness, your regularly scheduled album reviews are on temporary hiatus. In the meantime, please enjoy this hastily constructed random list.

Top 10 Pop-Punk Songs of 2011 (in no particular order)

New Found Glory- "Drill It In My Brain"
Nothington- "Far To Go"
Cobra Skulls- "On and On"
House Boat- "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
Blink-182- "Heart's All Gone"
Bayside- "Already Gone"
Banner Pilot- "Spanish Reds"
Elway- "Passing Days"
Broadway Calls- "Toxic Kids"
P.S. Eliot- "Cross Eyed"

mankvill
12-03-2011, 08:41 PM
Blink-182- "Heart's All Gone"

:fist:

powerslave_85
12-05-2011, 06:46 PM
Alrighty, time to play catch-up.

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8. Mastodon- The Hunter

Mastodon have been a fairly controversial band in these parts over the last few years. A lot people, myself included, loved Crack the Skye and I thought it was a logical, organic progression of their sound. Some, of course, just kept yelling "MAKE LEVIATHAN AGAIN." The band themselves stated that they felt this new album was a return to form, but that's not really the case. I think it's more of a happy medium between the proggier sounds of CTS and the crushing heaviness of their older material. It's also their most accessible album to date; I wouldn't be surprised if "Curl of the Burl" was getting rotations on rock radio stations. There are brilliant flashes of "old Mastodon" too, especially on "Spectrelight," "Dry Bone Valley," and "Black Tongue." There's some experimentation, like on "The Creature Lives" and "Sparrow," neither of which I'm terribly fond of, but they don't not work either. When compared against their larger body of work, I think it's one of their weaker efforts, but with a band this consistent, that's not much of a put-down.

Standout track: "Spectrelight" (http://youtu.be/lplPUP1bH4A)

DethMaiden
12-05-2011, 06:56 PM
So your surprise at its position on the Quietus list wasn't disappointment, just surprise. ;)

powerslave_85
12-05-2011, 06:57 PM
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7. Altar of Plagues- Mammal

I'm a black metal n00b, and therefore have no idea how to write about it, so I'm just totally going to cheat and copy hb420's write-up on this.

Irish Post-Black Metalers, Altar of Plagues have created the sub-genres first true masterpiece. Everything just feels huge-er and more lean than their debut. Getting the drummer from Abaddon Incarnate(one of the most awesome grind bands ever), Johnny King helped out tremendously as well. His drumming while his not being overly technical is fluid and dynamic. Adding to the more metallic punch the record has. The best song is easily the behemoth that's the opening track "Neptune Is Dead", with its hypnotic riffing and bouncing grove. It's a really long track that never looses your attention, even when it dips into dark and unsettling ambiance for periods of time.

That sums it up nicely. This is probably my biggest surprise of the year. I listened to it earlier in the year and didn't think much of it, but I recently revisited it and fell in love. "Neptune Is Dead" sets some really wonderful atmosphere, and "When the Sun Drowns In the Ocean" is equal parts beautiful and a little creepy.

Standout track: "Neptune Is Dead" (http://youtu.be/zi6znr0VOGQ)

DethMaiden
12-05-2011, 07:04 PM
:fist: :fist: :fist:

Yes.

powerslave_85
12-05-2011, 07:06 PM
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6. Landmine Marathon- Gallows

Jesus, talk about a record that just smashes your fucking skull in right from the get-go and never lets up. This Arizona death-grind group are slowly getting more notoriety, and rightfully so. Vocalist Grace Perry just keeps getting better and better; her voice is both sharp as a razor and vicious as a junkyard dog. This band really has a punk energy about them, which is what makes this album so relentless. I'm tempted to say it's a bit too short (8 songs, barely a half hour) but sometimes brevity can be a good thing. I expect big, big things from these guys in the future, and they have nowhere to go but up.

Standout track: "Three Snake Leaves" (http://youtu.be/xz_IPO2iv5k)

powerslave_85
12-05-2011, 07:14 PM
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5. Adele- 21

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Standout track: "Someone Like You" (http://youtu.be/NAc83CF8Ejk)

DethMaiden
12-05-2011, 07:19 PM
Oh come on don't give me one ounce of shit for Bon Iver if this is your #5. :lol: ;)

powerslave_85
12-05-2011, 07:22 PM
We both get one "I don't need to explain myself to you" pick ;)

I still don't get how you can give me shit about Adele when you're a Lady Gaga supporter.

DethMaiden
12-05-2011, 07:23 PM
We both get one "I don't need to explain myself to you" pick ;)

I still don't get how you can give me shit about Adele when you're a Lady Gaga supporter.

Well, Born This Way isn't cracking my top 25, but that aside, they don't really sound alike. Both pop stars, very different approaches. I like Gaga's flashy garishness. Adele's just a little too weepy and self-serious for me. Her voice is fine, but I really don't care for the songs.

ChildrenofSodom
12-05-2011, 07:24 PM
We both get one "I don't need to explain myself to you" pick ;)

I still don't get how you can give me shit about Adele when you're a Lady Gaga supporter.

And Ke$ha...

powerslave_85
12-05-2011, 07:25 PM
Fair enough, I suppose. That's the first time you've articulated it beyond "Adele? WTF" :lol:

And Ke$ha...

...Actually, nevermind. Fuck you.

DethMaiden
12-05-2011, 07:25 PM
Now now now, thinking "We R Who We R" tears shit up at a party is hardly the equivalent of loving Ke$ha. :lol:

SirLardsAlot
12-05-2011, 07:26 PM
Gaga, Ke$ha and Adele ... <3 !!

powerslave_85
12-05-2011, 07:31 PM
Now now now, thinking "We R Who We R" tears shit up at a party is hardly the equivalent of loving Ke$ha. :lol:
You're not fooling anyone :hmm:

powerslave_85
12-06-2011, 06:26 PM
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4. Boris- Heavy Rocks

This may be a Metalsetlists first: two eligible albums from the same band in a top 10 list. While their other two (!) records this year leaned toward shoegaze and pop, this is more "classic" Boris. Wata (who, for my money, is one of the best guitarists around right now) lays down some insane riffs and solos, especially on "Galaxians" and "Window Shopping." There are some reworked versions of songs from New Album and Attention Please, such as "Jackson Head," "Tu La La," and a version of "Aileron" that's 10 minutes longer than the other version. Probably the centerpiece of this album is the lush, sprawling "Missing Pieces." Just when you think you have this record figured out, they close it with a one and a half minute, honest-to-god thrash metal song ("Czechoslovakia," a longer version of which you can find on the vinyl release).

Standout track: "Missing Pieces" (http://youtu.be/6fp2V53vkAg)

mankvill
12-06-2011, 06:41 PM
I don't get people who irrationally hate Adele.

What is there to hate? She can sing like a motherfucker.

larvtard
12-06-2011, 06:47 PM
Rumour Has It makes me want to slit little puppies' throats.

mastodon421
12-06-2011, 06:58 PM
Adele can sing very well, her songs are just really repeative. Definitely talented, just not really my thing.

powerslave_85
12-06-2011, 07:00 PM
I think a lot of it has to do with overexposure, which isn't a problem for me because I shelter myself from the radio and virtually all other forms of mainstream pop culture :lol:

Overexposure or not, though, "Rolling In the Deep" is EASILY one of the best pop songs in, like, a decade.

powerslave_85
12-06-2011, 07:28 PM
Fuck it, I'm just gonna blow through the rest of my list tonight. It's not like my #1 is some big secret, so there's no point in dragging this out.

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3. Wolves In the Throne Room- Celestial Lineage

Black metal has always been the metal sub-genre that was hardest for me to crack. Too many of the classic bands had such bad production that it was all but unlistenable to me, and there are so many different styles that it was overwhelming. But when I started hearing that one of the most important new BM bands was made up of a couple of organic farmers in the Pacific Northwest, my curiosity was piqued. And that's how Wolves In the Throne room became my gateway drug to black metal. The one word you use to describe this band is "atmosphere." Their music really does sound like a cold, starry night in the woods. Jessika Kenney returns to lend her ethereal vocals as she did on Two Hunters, and once again she adds a welcome new dimension to the album. The opening track, "Thuja Magus Imperium" is probably my favorite, but there's not a dull moment to be found here. I wish I could say more, but I'm still finding it difficult to write about albums like this. Hopefully, though, this is just the beginning of a new love of black metal.

Standout track: "Thuja Magus Imperium" (http://youtu.be/1AdfkejJDao)

powerslave_85
12-06-2011, 07:45 PM
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2. Fucked Up- David Comes To Life

When you think of a band called "Fucked Up," you may picture a bunch of snotty suburban kids playing shitty hardcore to piss off their parents. Your last thought would probably be a smart, experimental punk rock band from Toronto who just released one of the most ambitious punk albums of all time. David Comes To Life is a massive 77-minute concept record/rock opera that tells the story of David and Veronica, two revolutionaries who fall in love until Veronica is tragically killed. The story gets very...interesting from there. How many concept albums do you know of where the main character gets in a fight with the narrator? This tale is just a backdrop to the fantastic music, though, which is based in punk but has the grandeur of classic rock like Queen at time. I'll get my one criticism out of the way now: it is VERY difficult to listen to the entirety of its epic running time in one sitting. That's because Damien Abraham, aka Pink Eye, has exactly one vocal style, and does not change it one iota at any point. If you can at least tolerate his throaty shouting, though, you'll be rewarded with the rare grandiose, career-defining opus that actually works.

Standout track- "Queen of Hearts" (http://youtu.be/yhgOt7YFN0I)

DethMaiden
12-06-2011, 07:48 PM
I can abide those, believe it or not. ;)

powerslave_85
12-06-2011, 08:06 PM
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1. Wild Flag- Wild Flag

Shocking, right? As soon as I found out the release date of this album, I was 100% sure it would be my album of the year before I heard a note. That may seem like a self-fulfilling prophecy, and maybe it is, but this is one of the few times that an album has exceeded my sky-high expectations. Wild Flag consists of ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss, along with Mary Timony (Helium) providing the second guitar and Rebecca Cole (The Minders) on keyboards. They toured extensively to try out their material on the road before recording, and it benefited the album immensely. This is a band that sounds like they've been playing together all their lives, and having a blast while doing it. Comparisons to Sleater-Kinney were inevitable, but completely miss the mark. Wild Flag have none of that band's angst or righteous anger; instead they basically write songs about how awesome music is. Weiss, my favorite drummer in rock today, lays down a rock-solid foundation that Brownstein and Timony build on with guitar chemistry that almost borders on telepathic. Timony and Brownstein trade vocal duties; Timony is more subdued, while Brownstein really lets loose in a way she never did in her old band. Cole is no fifth wheel, either: her keyboards add an extra zing to songs like the anthemic "Romance" and the aptly-titled "Boom." All four provide backing vocals with plenty of "oohs," "ahhhs" and handclaps. The songs range from high-energy rockers ("Short Version") to the stomping classic rock riffs of "Electric Band" and "Racehorse." The latter is a feedback-drenched freakout that builds to a huge climax of crashing drums and screeching guitars. As amazing as the album version is, it reaches a whole other level in the live show, where they double the length to 12 minutes or more.

I'm beginning to ramble a bit, so I'll wrap it up. This album and band won't fill the Sleater-Kinney-shaped hole in my heart, but it's as close as I'm going to get for the foreseeable future. It's the kind of album that reminds you how fun, exciting, and alive rock and roll can be.

Standout tracks: "Romance," (http://youtu.be/xKplBq-9eSo) "Short Version," (http://youtu.be/IbtkJNNM_Fo) "Racehorse" (http://youtu.be/sLK-gO0z1iY)

Natrlhi
12-06-2011, 08:12 PM
I can abide those, believe it or not. ;)Psh, for a minute there I got confused and thought I had clicked on your thread. :rolleyes:

EDIT: Actually, that's a 100% true story :lol:

powerslave_85
12-06-2011, 08:16 PM
:lol:

I'll have honorable mentions, disappointments, and other random shit tomorrow.

SomewhereInTime72
12-06-2011, 09:52 PM
http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/da7c2663d59edc52faef5efd3e16c2cc/3404921.jpg

4. Boris- Heavy Rocks

This may be a Metalsetlists first: two eligible albums from the same band in a top 10 list. While their other two (!) records this year leaned toward shoegaze and pop, this is more "classic" Boris. Wata (who, for my money, is one of the best guitarists around right now) lays down some insane riffs and solos, especially on "Galaxians" and "Window Shopping." There are some reworked versions of songs from New Album and Attention Please, such as "Jackson Head," "Tu La La," and a version of "Aileron" that's 10 minutes longer than the other version. Probably the centerpiece of this album is the lush, sprawling "Missing Pieces." Just when you think you have this record figured out, they close it with a one and a half minute, honest-to-god thrash metal song ("Czechoslovakia," a longer version of which you can find on the vinyl release).

Standout track: "Missing Pieces" (http://youtu.be/6fp2V53vkAg)

You won't be the only one with 2 in their top 10. ;) Though my selection is a bit different.

jhdeity
12-07-2011, 05:09 AM
Psh, for a minute there I got confused and thought I had clicked on your thread. :rolleyes:

EDIT: Actually, that's a 100% true story :lol:

Uh, me too. Then he dropped the "shoegaze" bomb and I was certain I was reading Brad's thread. hahaha

Did anyone else see the "sweater metal" quotes on the Altar of plagues clip? For some reason that cracked me up even though I really dig some of their stuff.

ravenheart
12-07-2011, 05:23 AM
I don't get people who irrationally hate Adele.

What is there to hate? She can sing like a motherfucker.

Her songs suck, would be my main gripe.

powerslave_85
12-07-2011, 08:37 AM
Her songs suck, would be my main gripe.
Judging by my experiences elsewhere on the internetz, Americans seem to like her a lot more than Brits for some reason.

SomewhereInTime72
12-07-2011, 10:42 AM
Her songs suck, would be my main gripe.

Yeah this is sort of my deal. I can tell she has a good voice but I haven't heard a single Adele song that wasn't like "bleh". Can't like it, even though I have no concrete reason to dislike it.

edit: but does this make me a brit

zgodt
12-07-2011, 10:46 AM
I was initially thrilled at the news that 2/3 of Sleater-Kinney were reuniting and joining with others to form Wild Flag. Then their album trailer came out and it sounded pretty blase, so I lost a lot of my enthusiasm for the album. But then the album finally came out and it's a monster. In some ways it feels to me like it picks up where The Woods left off. Not quite as ambitiously proggy, but carrying on that melded punk/classic rock vibe. I love it. The biggest pleasant surprise to me was Mary Timony's guitar. Carrie Brownstein is hands down one of my favorite guitarists, and Corin Tucker always took a back seat to her, guitar-wise, in S-K... so to hear Timony's guitar lines holding their own with Brownstein's is great, and really enriches the sound. The keyboards too, especially on "Romance." The standout track to me, though, is "Something Came Over Me"; I could listen to it all day every day.

powerslave_85
12-07-2011, 02:22 PM
The biggest pleasant surprise to me was Mary Timony's guitar. Carrie Brownstein is hands down one of my favorite guitarists, and Corin Tucker always took a back seat to her, guitar-wise, in S-K... so to hear Timony's guitar lines holding their own with Brownstein's is great, and really enriches the sound.I wasn't familiar at all with her previous work (Helium, and a few solo albums), but yeah, she's amazing. She completely blew me away when I saw them live, especially in the extended jam sessions during "Glass Tambourine" and "Racehorse." And seeing Janet's drumming in person was just fucking incredible.

powerslave_85
12-07-2011, 06:16 PM
Honorable Mentions
Andrew Jackson Jihad- Knife Man
Bayside- Killing Time
Beastie Boys- Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Childish Gambino- EP
Chuck Ragan- Covering Ground
Cobra Skulls- Agitations
Foo Fighters- Wasting Light
The Gateway District- Perfect's Gonna Fail
House Boat- The Thorns of Life
The Lonely Island- Turtleneck and Chain
New Found Glory- Radiosurgery
Nothington- Borrowed Time
P.S. Eliot- Sadie
The Wonder Years- Suburbia, I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
Wugazi- 13 Chambers

Biggest Disappointments
Opeth- Heritage
Lemuria- Pebble
Polar Bear Club- Clash Battle Guilt Pride
Childish Gambino- Camp
Rise Against- Endgame
Blink-182- Neighborhoods

Would Have Made My List If They Had Come Out In 2011 and Not 2010
Ghost- Opus Eponymous
Titus Andronicus- The Monitor

DethMaiden
12-08-2011, 07:30 AM
Word to most of that, especially Titus Andronicus. Identical sentiment from me. Would have been HIGH on last year's list had I heard it.

As someone who likes Wu-Tang Clan and Fugazi but hates every mashup act I've ever heard, should I check out 13 Chambers?

ravenheart
12-08-2011, 07:39 AM
Judging by my experiences elsewhere on the internetz, Americans seem to like her a lot more than Brits for some reason.

I wouldn't have said that at all. She's massively popular amongst the chart/pop music buying public here.

larvtard
12-08-2011, 07:56 AM
andrew jackson jihad is cool

powerslave_85
12-08-2011, 08:33 AM
Word to most of that, especially Titus Andronicus. Identical sentiment from me. Would have been HIGH on last year's list had I heard it.

As someone who likes Wu-Tang Clan and Fugazi but hates every mashup act I've ever heard, should I check out 13 Chambers?Absolutely. It works SO well. RZA putting down a verse over the riff from "Waiting Room?" C'mon.

zgodt
12-11-2011, 09:19 PM
Damn. Yeah. Checking out the Wugazi now and it's great.